KSRTC Mercedes-Benz Multi Axle!

KSRTC’s Mercedes-Benz multi axle bus smoothly slithers past Sadananda Nagar on a rainy noon on its way from Bangalore to Chennai. Though outnumbered by Volvos, KaSRTC has a fair share of Mercedes buses as well, and they run under the same brand name “Airavat” as the Volvos. A difference here is that Volvo coaches are bodied by Volvo themselves while Mercedes coaches are built by Sutlej. Both are equally classy.

The Very Blue Muvattupuzha River

The very blue and very calm Muvattupuzha River serenely turns a bend just after the Piravom Road Railway Station on her way towards her destination north of Vaikom, near Poothotta, where she drains into the Vembanad Lake. The river also gives the name to the town and taluk of Muvattupuzha, Kerala, on the foot of the Western Ghats. When you translate “Muvattupuzha Aaru” into Malayalam, it literally turns out to be “Three River River River”.

A Pleasant and Green Ride in Kuttanad

People rowing on a clear green and beautiful backwater in Kuttanad, Kerala in Alappuzha district. Kuttanad is one of the most beautiful parts of Kerala, below sea level and called the “Venice of the East”, as waterways are more prevalent than are roads. Happy Onam!

BMTC Volvo 7400XL Multi-Axle at Night!

The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation’s (BMTC) flagship, the Volvo 7400XL Multi-Axle city bus on duty as the KBS (Majestic) – Kadugodi – KBS (Majestic) route no 335E, seen at night. The Volvo 7400XL is the latest, most high-profile yet and prized possession of the BMTC, which is light years ahead of others when it comes to (city) transport organizations in India. With the addition of the 7400XL to its fleet, BMTC makes Bangalore the first city in India to have multi-axle city transport!

A Quaint Kerala Temple atop a Hill

A quaint little Sastha temple sits upon a hill amidst a beautiful setting in an obscure village on the edges of Kottayam district, at the foothills of the Western Ghats. Many temples such as these ones have the “prathishta” of the family deity and are owned and run by families themselves. The temple displays classical and traditional Kerala architecture, legacy and heritage.

Traffic Jam on Bangalore Old Airport Road

The daily traffic jam on Bangalore Old (HAL) Airport Road. Usually this humongous pile of vehicles snakes for a kilometer stretching from HAL airport to ISRO signal at Murugeshpalya in the morning and evening rush hours. Seen in the background is the Total Mall. It will take around 15 minutes for people to cover this distance. Even then everyone takes out their cars on this route, despite being one of the best public transport serviced routes in the city.